Who We Are
ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.
We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.
Our scientists, engineers, planners, historians, archaeologists, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning, and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.
At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our success.
We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients.
Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.
Who You Are
Your experience includes project management for flood management and restoration projects of moderate to high complexity. You have routinely served as the primary client contact from preparing technical scopes of work and budgets to being the lead representative at client meetings, field meetings, and team meetings. You work effectively with multi-discipline teams to foster collaboration and deliver project assignments.
You hold a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree in Engineering, Hydrology, Planning or a related field, and have a minimum of 10 years of experience directly related to flood management and restoration projects in California. PE license is preferred as is a Master’s degree or PhD.
You are an effective team member able to work both independently and collaboratively to support the successful completion of project-related work on time and within budget.
What You Will Do for ESA
Provide project management and support analysis and design for multi-benefit flood management, fish passage, ecosystem restoration and water resources projects in collaboration with scientists, landscape architects and other specialists throughout Northern California. Apply your technical skills (hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, sediment transport, water quality, habitat restoration, levee design, etc.) to perform project work and provide staff mentorship.
Support and contribute to the development of reports and other project documentation, coordinating with key team members, including senior staff, subconsultants, and clients.
Demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices and be responsible for the overall project delivery process including preparing scopes of work, schedules and budgets for proposals and task orders. Knowledge and familiarity with the California Central Valley geography is preferred.
Supervise project teams including ESA staff and subconsultants, and lead client and/or stakeholder meetings.
Operate effectively in a fast-paced consulting environment and be able to manage multiple responsibilities, projects and deadlines.
What ESA Will Do for You
Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals who value their contributions to outstanding projects, improving environmental stewardship, and advancing a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.
At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance too by providing medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, a performance bonus program, an employee stock ownership program, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few.
At every stage in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals. We believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, internal and external trainings, and attendance at conferences.
What’s Special About Our Central Valley Environmental Hydrology & Design Practice
ESA’ Environmental Hydrology & Design practice specializes in habitat restoration and multi-benefit flood management from watershed headwaters to the sea. In California’s Central Valley, we work at both the programmatic and site scale towards more resilient and effective flood management systems and a more sustainable future. We strive to apply the latest scientific understanding and practical technical tools to develop project solutions that integrate ecological function and solid engineering design to deliver multiple benefits. We have a strong and growing backlog of restoration and multi-benefit flood projects for clients that include state, local, private, and other non-governmental organizations.
Our team of engineers, geomorphologists, landscape architects, biologists, and restoration ecologists works collaboratively to deliver projects for our clients. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.
Read about our multi-benefit Flood Management and Ecosystem Enhancement work in the Central Valley here.
ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)